RN with bachelors degree in Business to NP Program

  1. Hello,

    I am weighing my options, I have my bachelors degree in Business, and I am working on my pre-reqs for the nursing program. Sciences are all that I have left so I should be finished by the end of 2012 (December). I know for a fact I would like to do the Masters in Nursing Nurse Practioner program (somewhere).

    I planning on doing the ADN so I can get into the field quicker and get exp.

    But my question is are there any programs that are RN to NP? For example I noticed Hopkins NP program stated the requirements are you must have a BSN to apply. Are there any NP programs, that you only need to have an RN and then a bachelors in anything is adaquate enough?

    The only program I found so far is Yale. Are there any others?

    Thank You for your help,
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  3. by   ImThatGuy
    UAMS has what you're looking for, and all of their courses are online. Look into it.
  4. by   Nurse Student86
    Thank You! I will look into that!
  5. by   vintagemother
    Samuel Merrit has an NP program that requires "Baccalaureate in nursing (RNs with degrees in other fields will be evaluated individually)"

    I, too, am interested in pursuing the NP path. If I were in your shoes, I might consider getting the BSN online in order to have more school choices for your NP program. There are many online RN to BSN program, even offered through state colleges (Cali) so the costs may be much less than with private schools.

  6. by   Nurse Student86
    Thank you, and thats a great option the BSN online. I just didn't want to have to get a second bachelors since I have my bachelors in Business already. Much rather do the Masters in nursing. But if there aren't many opportunities in my area (East Coast), I may have to do BSN online, or move across country to AR or CA
    Last edit by Nurse Student86 on Dec 14, '11
  7. by   vintagemother
    One more thing:

    The scope of what an NP does and what a BSN does are quite different. A BSN is licensed in the same manner as an ADN: both are RN's. An NP has broader authority and (I think) more typically works in a clinical setting, not an acute/hospital setting. (I think I understand this correctly)

    In my area, BSN's aren't paid more than RN's they just have greater opportunities to move into management/non-bedside positions.

    I think that the work conditions and job opportunities should play a strong role in which path to chose.